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Poster: LAJ Date: Jan 31, 2006 1:40pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding


Drone is dead? The idea that the drone genre has reached a dead end and has no room for further development or that it’s boring, pointlessly repetitive, and unlistenable resurfaces from time to time in the form of posts to various lists. I don’t believe this to be true.

Drones are easily misunderstood because the word drone itself is often used to include a wide range of music that is difficult to explain in words. Reviews of non-drone music rely heavily on being able to describe and contrast variations and disparities that occur. By its very definition, drones don’t generally have these characteristics, so reviews of drones are more figurative than literal and often rely heavily on metaphors.

Drones appeal directly to the emotions. A drone can be irritating and tedious making the listener anxious and edgy or it can be soothing and inspiring inducing a calm, relaxed mood. A drone can lift the listener to higher level of spiritual oneness or plunge him into a state of existential isolation.

All drones are not alike and are used to different degrees depending on what it is that the sound artist wants to convey. For example, Phil Thomsom’s Systasis [1] is about as close as one can get to a steady, classic drone - a basic repetitive tone with slight variations. I enjoy it, but it makes me feel a little edgy after just a few minutes of listening to it. On the other hand, K.M. Krebs' piece Absolutely Ignorant [19] isn’t a steady drone per se, but he strategically places a variety drone structures throughout the composition (the ones based on field recordings being especially effective) which seem to serve two purposes - preserving the listener’s interest and creating a slight tension to keep the listener wondering what’s to come. Drumlake’s Sinefonia [24] is a striking example of how a steady drone and light rhythmic elemcents can complement each other. Finally, Gie him strong drink until he wink,… [27] is a beautiful and comforting contemporary cutting-edge drone-inspired track that has the perfect balance of drone, electronic, and acoustic textures.

Drone is not dead. The various netlabels have a wealth drone and drone-inspired music available. This brief collection of tracks barely scratches the surface of what’s available, but, to borrow from Ellende - the proof is in the pudding. Here’s the pudding.

PLAYLIST [M3U attachment follows]:

1. Phil Thomson - Systasis III
http://www.archive.org/details/PhilThomson_SystasisIII

http://www.archive.org/download/PhilThomson_SystasisIII/PhilThomson_SystasisIII_64kb.mp3

2. Mendigo - Tetauro [Mirakelmusik] || Tetauro F
http://www.archive.org/details/mir008

http://www.archive.org/download/mir008/mir008-mendigo-06-tetauro_f.mp3

3. Composition III [Ansiform]
http://www.archive.org/details/ansi031

http://www.archive.org/download/ansi031/ansi031-compositioniii.mp3

4. Reso - Small Music [Test Tube] || Haze
http://www.archive.org/details/tube032

http://www.archive.org/download/tube032/tube032-03-reso_-_haze_64kb.mp3

5. Jo Jena - Rhythm 'n' Drones [Test Tube] || Drone IV
http://www.archive.org/details/tube021

http://www.archive.org/download/tube021/tube021-07-jo_jena_-_drone_iv.mp3

6. Eric Bollman - s/t [Conv] || Track 07 (untitled)
http://www.archive.org/details/cnv18

http://www.archive.org/download/cnv18/cnv18_-_eric_bollman_-_07_64kb.mp3

7. K.M. Krebs - The Halberd of Chemistry [Fukk God] || Wooden Artifacts
http://www.archive.org/details/fukkgod021

http://www.archive.org/download/fukkgod021/fukkgod021_-_km_krebs_-_03_-_wooden_artifacts.mp3

8. Marissa Is A Slag
http://www.archive.org/details/MarissaIsASlag

http://www.archive.org/download/MarissaIsASlag/PartOne_64kb.mp3

9. John Davis - 8bit EP [8bitrec] || Audio02 Part 3
http://www.archive.org/details/8bit0039

http://www.archive.org/download/8bit0039/johndavis_audio_02_03.mp3

10. Brian Grainger - The Ambient Tapes [Rain] || November 21st Tape Three
http://www.archive.org/details/rain012

http://www.archive.org/download/rain012/01-november21st_tape_three_64kb.mp3

11. Jonas Lindgren - The Heavenly Reed Plains || Some Broken Static
http://www.archive.org/details/Jonas_Lindgren-The_Heavenly_Reed_Plains

http://www.archive.org/download/Jonas_Lindgren-The_Heavenly_Reed_Plains/2_jonas_lindgren-some_broken_static_64kb.mp3

12. Marshall Watson - 100 Smooth Trombones [Highpoint Lowlife] || Joines Rambles
http://www.archive.org/details/hpa010

http://www.archive.org/download/hpa010/marshallwatson_01_joinsrambles.mp3

13. Mystified - Ophir [Dark Winter] || NV
http://www.darkwinter.com/dw15.html

http://www.darkwinter.com/dw15/02_NV.mp3

14. K.M. Krebs - The Light Will Fill the Darkness and Obliterate It [Webbed Hand] || None of the Things That Are Can Perish
http://www.archive.org/details/wh065

http://www.archive.org/download/wh065/wh065_07_none_of_the_things_that_are.mp3

15. Jonas Lindgren - Radioskugga || Part III
http://www.archive.org/details/Jonas_Lindgren-Radioskugga

http://www.archive.org/download/Jonas_Lindgren-Radioskugga/Track03_64kb.mp3

16. Heath Yonaites & K.M. Krebs - The Seed Project [Webbed Hand] || Cutting Through Time
http://www.archive.org/details/wh068

http://www.archive.org/download/wh068/wh068_06_Seed_Project_Cutting_Through_Time.mp3

17. V/A - Coloured Lights [Kikapu] || Anomalous Disturbances - the Secret Adam
http://www.archive.org/details/kpu078

http://www.archive.org/download/kpu078/kpu078-05-anomalous-disturbances-the-secret-adam_64kb.mp3

18. Markus Broesel - Serif EP [Monohm] || Blue Dusk Tower
http://www.archive.org/details/monohm008

http://www.archive.org/download/monohm008/monohm008-markus-broesel-serif-ep-03-blue-dusk-tower.mp3

19. K.M.Krebs - Rien a Voir 15 EP [Conv] || Absolutely Ignorant
http://www.archive.org/details/cnv27

http://www.archive.org/download/cnv27/cnv27_-_k_m_krebs_-_01_-_absolutely_ignorant.mp3

20. Plumb & Plumber - Come Early Go Late EP [Nishi|| Located
http://www.archive.org/download/nsh056/nsh056-01-plumb_and_plumber-located.mp3

http://www.archive.org/download/nsh056/nsh056-01-plumb_and_plumber-located.mp3

21. Dotkràz - Untitled [Entity] || Track 03 (untitled)
http://www.archive.org/details/ntt027

http://www.archive.org/download/ntt027/03-dotkraz-03_64kb.mp3

22. Violet Shifts - Resita Mold [Zeromoon] || Postcard from Abroad
http://www.archive.org/details/zero009r

http://www.archive.org/download/zero009r/zer009r-violet-shifts-track1_64kb.mp3

23. V/A - Ennui [Stadtgruen] || Lomov - Lanoia
http://www.archive.org/details/gruen012

http://www.archive.org/download/gruen012/gruen012_ennui_01-lomov_-_lanoia.mp3

24. Drumlake - Aqua Genic EP [Monohm] || Sinefonia
http://www.archive.org/details/monohm010

http://www.archive.org/download/monohm010/monohm010-drumlake-aqua-genic-01-sinefonia.mp3

25. Aidan Baker - Ichneumon [TIBPRod] || The Footprints of Flies
http://www.archive.org/details/tibmp3a20

http://www.archive.org/download/tibmp3a20/aidan_baker_02_the_footprints_of_flies.mp3

26. Ellende - The Proof Is In The Pudding [Zeromoon]
http://www.archive.org/details/zero012

http://www.archive.org/download/zero012/Ellende-The-proof-is-in-the-pudding_64kb.mp3

27. Jim Schoenecker, Chris Rosenau, & Thomas Wincek - “Gie him strong drink until he wink,…”[Stasisfield (2006)]
http://www.stasisfield.com/releases/year05/sf-5001.html

http://www.stasisfield.com/mp3z_05/SF-5001-gie_him_strong_drink.mp3



This post was modified by LAJ on 2006-01-31 21:40:25

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffjon7 Date: May 9, 2006 4:58am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

nope, drone's not dead, but it's become a bit too easy to create sometimes, so it's becomes alittle more difficult to seperate what's really good from what's merely the result of processes only. perhaps we've only reached a dead end as far as finding ways to create them. it would be interesting to see software designed exclusively for this purpose. someone in college could get an easy A with a porject like that! :)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffaaron m Date: Feb 3, 2006 3:09am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

http://one.dot9.ca/2/releases.php?id=027

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Poster: LAJ Date: Feb 3, 2006 4:43am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

Definitely - not to miss. I used this release in some previous posts.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffaaron m Date: Feb 3, 2006 4:49am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

yeah thats why i didnt post a big schpeel on it in this thread, you've already got it covered.. and most ppl into drones know about it already so no need to rehash everything. just didnt seem right without mentioning it though ;]

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffhippocamp.net Date: Feb 4, 2006 5:03am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

and you missed this fine release:

http://www.archive.org/details/hc153

:P

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Poster: caduceus music Date: Feb 1, 2006 9:38pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

we here at caduceus music would whole-hearted agree that drone music is not a dying form. we have even created a recent missive in the drone form ourselves.

to listen: http://www.caduceusmusic.net/shop/tracks/infl04.zip

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDreamland Recordings Date: Feb 2, 2006 6:47am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

the Stay EP had one constant drone going for almost the duration of the recording and it did slow things down whilst playing. It's my belief that to gain the full benefit of certain music such as drone, it has to be like opening a window and letting the wind blow in, don't close the window right away enjoy it first.

Check out the If Thousands album "Lullaby". That is one 74 minute drone recorded live. Get this album! I cannot stres this enough. Every time I play it I have to listen right to the end. It has that effect. www.ifthousands.com you won't regret it.

take it easy, Zac Keiller.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffPrivatelektro Date: Feb 2, 2006 11:37pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

just to mentioned drones in its diversity.. they are not dead, its just the art of listening .. parachute - netstockfest live concert. a drone!

http://www.archive.org/download/NSF05/NSF05_D213-parachute-sat_mar_19_225626%202005.mp3

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Poster: RAIN netlabel Date: Jan 31, 2006 2:12pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

Now here's a fantastic summary of what drone music is and that it is and will be alive.
For me the most fascinating thing in drones is that they make time flow differently, slower. They make reality more unreal and somnambulic. And that's a wonderful feeling.
Btw - thanks for mentioning Brain Grainger's 'Ambient tapes'!
Now i'm off to listen to the playlist...
RAIN netlabel - Martin Dot

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Poster: LAJ Date: Feb 1, 2006 8:32am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

Interesting observation - time slowing done (maybe Einstein's discoveries go deeper than we think).

Drone will continue to evolve and expand with the creative efforts of sound artists combined with new software/technology. It will be intesting to see what the future brings.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffmystified Date: Feb 1, 2006 12:56am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: DRONE (is not dead): The Proof is in the Pudding

May drone live on!

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